In 2005 Jesse Koolhaas graduated at the Sonology department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Here he focused on different aspects of abstract electronic composition and acquired his Bachelor of Music by writing a thesis on relevant techniques for combining sound and image. In his ﬁnal project he collaborated with a student of the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Orpheu de Jong, in an attempt to create a composition of sound and image, where both medias are equally relevant. This project was awarded the Rietveld Award in 2005.
In 2007 Jesse Koolhaas graduated a Master of Music at the KMT department of the HKU in Hilversum, where he mainly focused on music and sound design for image.
In 2006 he won The European Film Music Award in the category “Special Recognition” at The Soundtrack Festival Cologne together with sound designer Ronnie van der Veer and in 2008 he won 2nd prize at the Vinylized Dance Music Competition. In this year he also released the EP Salted Sessions under his artist name A la Shook, in collaboration with keyboard player Joost Swart and drummer Bjørn Waling.
in the commercial field, Jesse has composed music for a large variety of campaigns for Sony, Philips, Dorito’s, games and several short ﬁlms. From 2007-2009 Jesse was a boardmember of the Music Institute for Multimedia (MiMM), also he has been a member of the Unheard Film Festival Organisation since 2006.